Discovery Place provides free resources for the ministries of United Methodist churches within the Susquehanna Conference. We are located at the Conference Center in Mechanicsburg and are open weekdays from 9 am – 1 pm. Other hours can be arranged by appointment. We invite you to visit us.
Plan Now for Summer!
It is certainly not too early to start planning for your summer Sunday School or small group lessons. Since many folks are “hit or miss” in their summer attendance due to vacations and other family plans, consider lessons that are complete in one session. There are several great resources that can be used in this way.
Nooma: These 24 DVDs with one-word titles deal with relevant topics, and can be viewed and discussed in one session. For a complete list of titles and their subjects, CLICK HERE. These can be mailed to you two or three at a time, at intervals throughout the summer.
36 Parables: Each of these DVDs named by color (Lime, Cyan, Yellow, Purple, Amber, Blue) contain three parables of Jesus. Scripture references are given and discussion questions are supplied. Use the online catalog on our website and search by title – 36 Parables Lime, for example – for a list of the parables contained on each DVD. These would be a great way to get into Scripture each week in your Sunday School classes.
Nooma and 36 Parables could easily be used with youth or young adult classes as well.
Bible studies based on vintage TV shows are also popular. Some examples are The Lucy Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bonanza, Mayberry, and Gilligan’s Island. Each DVD or video comes with a leader’s guide and a participant’s book, and each week is a self-contained lesson.
For children, search our online catalog under the title Just Add Kids for lots of suggestions for fun ways to teach the Bible and Jesus to children of all ages. We also have a large selection of Veggie Tales DVDs and Bible-based videos.